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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by texaschickmama, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    So production is down, way down. I mean I have 13- 10 month old BO and used to get like 10-13 eggs a day. Today I got 4 count them, 4. They are in the coop all the time, so they are not hiding them from me. If I had a snake then I would think that I would at least catch it in the act because I am out there about 5 or 6 times a day. What gives?

  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    I am haveing the same issue. Tomorrow.....full coop clean out. Nest boxes coming down...all straw out...everything. If there is a snake, I will most likely find it. [​IMG] [​IMG] <~~That will be ME if I do!
    Other than a snake...im thinking spring molt?? Maybe?? I know I am haveing issues with the neighbors Guineas coming in, and eating the feed....wondering of they are getting the eggs as well?? I hope you find the culpret!
  3. Ericasl

    Ericasl Songster

    Feb 21, 2008
    The Dalles OR
    Me too I usually get 20 today I only got 14. Whats going on??[​IMG] but 4 wow you are really down, I wonder I hope they are not eating them, but if you are out there that many times, I would not think that is it.
  4. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Don't ask me. I have one hen that didn't lay all week. She was separated by herself so I could collect her egg to incubate and no egg. No molt either!
  5. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    I'm at my wits end with these girls. Do they usually molt this young? They are not egg eaters at all. I'm just wondering what the heck is going on. I really need a hidden camera out there. That way I could catch whatever is going on. It might just be molt time, I don't know.
  6. Ericasl

    Ericasl Songster

    Feb 21, 2008
    The Dalles OR
    I did not even think about my dog attack. It happened on Tuesday maybe mine stressed from being scared to death, and my poor EE had her tailfeathers ripped out. Could be my problem.
  7. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Songster

    Feb 22, 2008
    Kingman, AZ
    My EE has gone into a slow-down mode, too. She's my only layer at this point, and was laying about four eggs per week. Now I'm lucky to get two.

  8. LittleLola

    LittleLola In the Brooder

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maryland
    wow, I have been having this problem as well... never entered my mind about a snake.... ROFLMAO I was thinking they like to either try and hide them from me or the mice are sneaking some..... [​IMG]
  9. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    The weather across the whole country has been so weird. Hot, cold, hot, cold. Maybe the weather is affecting all of them??? Just a thought! I hope production picks up soon for everyone! [​IMG]
  10. mpmangin

    mpmangin Hatching

    Apr 16, 2008
    Chambersburg, PA
    my girls went through the same thing last spring. I finally concluded they were molting. Even though they all did not drop feathers, I think that they took a little break to let the body rest and rebuild their energy reserves. They started laying again in mid-summer and hit full production volume by fall. Keep the faith.

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